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Galleria-area Girl Scout helps preserve Houston landmark to earn Gold Award
Houston, TX – Girl Scout Katherine F. helped preserve Houston landmark Olivewood Cemetery, the city’s first incorporated African American cemetery, by hosting a photography exhibition to raise awareness for the landmark and hosting a clean-up day at the cemetery to earn Girl Scouts of the USA’s Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts achieve this national recognition.
“I learned that you should call and reconfirm every event and opportunity with everyone involved,” said Katherine, a junior at St. John’s School.
The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.
“I chose this project because there is a true need to preserve Houston’s first incorporated African American cemetery, not just for the Descendants of Olivewood, but for Houstonians and historians from around the world,” said Katherine.
For her project, Katherine first focused on photographing the state of the cemetery when she visited. She sought to capture the decaying condition of Olivewood as well as the beauty and grace of the tombstones, architectural embellishments, wrought iron fencing and more. She then created prints and displayed her photos at the nearby Paulie’s Restaurant for three months and invited 150 family and friends to the opening of her exhibit.
In addition, Katherine led volunteers in a clean-up day at the cemetery where they removed weeds and brush. Finally, Katherine wrote an article for Tanglewood Buzz magazine, write a book titled “Honoring Olivewood” and made a video about the cemetery.
Katherine has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At St. John’s School she is a member of lacrosse, volleyball, choir and yearbook. She is also a servant leader of the Youth Ministry Department at St. Michael Catholic Church. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study political science, journalism and Spanish.
About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto CouncilGirl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 70,000 girl members and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.
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